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Next Iron Chef

Is anyone following The Next Iron Chef? If so, am I the only one who thinks that the judges are on crack?

I still don't know why Chef Metha is still there. Even worse, I believe that he may have been the preordained winner. Either that, or they have kept him because he makes good tv. Last week, the judges had nothing good to say about his cooking, and praised Chef Freitag. Yet, the one who was sent home was Freitag.

Last night, the whole point of the elimination contest was to tell a story with his food. The other two chefs did a bang up job with the theme, told a story and served good food. Metha? All he had to say was "I am a happy person and I love to make people happy." Not only I don't think that this is a story, but for some reason the man has come accross as petty if not a right down bastard.

So much for a happy person. Unless your idea of happy is to be a d*ck to everyone else.

To makes things worse, the judges said that his food was consistently too sweet, and that this has been an issue all season. And his idea of fulfilling the theme was to load his presentation with more flowers than Michael Jackson's funeral. Colorful, but hardly close to the topic.

Yet, Chef Mullen was sent packing and not him.

Not cool.

Oh, well. Like I said posted somewhere, if Top Chef Masters was the Olympics of cooking, The Next Iron Chef is the WWE. And while I love watching the WWE on the trainwreck entertainement value, I am not sure about TNIC.

But a trainwreck is a trainwreck, and I suspect that I will watch it to its bitter end.




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Nov. 16th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
I didn't see the episode when they eliminated Chef Freitag, but I thought she had real promise. Chef Metha, whle he does have some talent, is an arogant bastard who has actively tried to sabatoge at least one of his competitors in a previous episode (and that chef is still in the competition - hope he beats that jerk).

I wonder if the Powers That Be at Food Network decided that they can only have ONE female "Iron Chef," and that one is Chef Cat Cora.
Nov. 16th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, his sabotage antics did continue. When Mullen asked "Metha, do you have sugar?", Metha hesitated and replied "No," while he continued sugaring his flowers.

What a jerk.
Nov. 17th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
Metha hasn't been the only one with sabotage issues this season. I have been horrified by the general lack of sportsmanship from a good number of the competitors all series...
Nov. 17th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
I agree. Even Garcia has been rather shitty with that sort of thing. The ones that I saw behaving decently are Freitag and Mullen, and they were sent packing. It's ridiculous.
Nov. 16th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
Ya know,
The sense I get from watching the show is that Mehta is extremely talented. The criticism of the judges usually doesn't express the actual impact and taste of the meals. The criticisms are all relative. That said, the editing of the show sort of plays Mehta as an anti-hero, while Garcia is sort of the white paladin of central American cuisine.

As far as the Tenacious competitiveness... It's hard to say that the other contestants haven't done similar things, but it may not have held drama for the cameras in the same manner. It's TV for heaven's sake!

Are you entertained? good. The producers did their job.

That said, I really don't know if I have favorites. I like both the finalist, and think it could roll either way. But if I had to wager, I'd put my money on Garcia. He just seems to be able to hit his targets in a more centered way.

Nov. 16th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
I also like Garcia better. He has done his share of antics, but I think that he has a much wider scope as a chef.
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